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Side Dishes Vegan

Sriracha Roasted Broccoli

Hey, hey Wednesday people!¬†I’ve finally mastered this Sriracha Roasted Broccoli recipe and I can’t wait to share it with you today!

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Travis and I first had a similar recipe on a seasonal menu at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Misfit, in Santa Monica. (Not sure I’ve mentioned them enough on the blog ūüėČ )

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We both¬†loved their spicy charred broccoli after one bite! Admittedly, their version was a tad too spicy for me, so I’ve toned down the heat in this version. If you like your food¬†extra hot, feel free to up the sriracha in the recipe.

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We paired this roasted broccoli with Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken made in the slow cooker, but it would be great alongside fish or tofu as well.

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I hope you guys love¬†this recipe. It’s definitely going to be on regular rotation in our house!

 

Sriracha-Roasted Broccoli
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 1.5 Tablespoons extra‚Äďvirgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. broccoli crowns and peeled stems
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425¬į. In a large bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey and garlic. Add the broccoli to the bowl and toss to coat.
  2. Spread the broccoli mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Roast for 10 minutes, then remove from oven, flip and turn on the broiler. Broil the broccoli for 4-5 minutes more, until the edges are crisp.
 

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Gluten-Free Poultry

Sesame Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

I am just going to put it out there that I know it is completely unfair of me to post a recipe that I made on the grill, when many of you guys are freezing your hineys off in other parts of the country (I am looking at YOU, Buffalo, NY!). So, yea… sorry about that.

Buuuuuut, I include TWO cooking methods below: on the grill and in the oven oven. So don’t click away just yet!

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The first time I made these Sesame Glazed Chicken Drumsticks, Travis and I devoured every single one. The sesame glaze is SO stinking good. What I love most about this recipe is that I had all of the ingredients in my pantry already — I just had to buy the drumsticks and green onions.

I significantly cut down on the fat in this recipe by removing all of the skin from the drumsticks. Don’t worry – they’ll still taste delicious because the sesame glaze gives these babies so. much. flavor.

Make sure to reserve some of the sauce for dipping!

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I serve these chicken drumsticks with a healthy green vegetable¬†like broccoli or green beans, but that’s totally up to you!

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Enjoy!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Sun Basket giveaway, which ends on 1/17!

 

 

Sesame Glazed Chicken Drumsticks
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 8 skinless chicken drumsticks
  • Salt and pepper
Sesame Glaze
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons scallions (green parts only), finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1.5 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
Instructions
Make the Sesame Glaze
  1. Combine all the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
On a Charcoal Grill (Recommended)
  1. Heat a grill to high heat. Pat the chicken legs dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the drumsticks for 12 minutes on direct heat. After 12 minutes, brush with half of the sesame glaze. Continue cooking the drumsticks on indirect heat for 5-6 additional minutes, until the thickest part registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  3. Serve with remaining sesame glaze.
In the Oven
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Pat the chicken legs dry. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the chicken drumsticks in the baking dish, making sure that none of the drumsticks are touching each other.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove dish from oven and brush each drumstick with half of the sesame glaze. Continue baking for another 15 minutes, until the thickest part of the drumstick registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer. For browner drumsticks, broil on high for the last 3 minutes.
  5. Serve with remaining sesame glaze.
 

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Gluten-Free Side Dishes Vegan

Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang

Hi guys! Apologies to those of you who subscribe. It seems as though the email service sent out a strange format of this blog post last night. Sorry if you clicked on the link expecting a recipe!

Anyway, the tech side of things seem to be sorted out now, so let’s jump into the REAL reason you’re here: this Roasted Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang Recipe

Have you tried Gochujang before? It’s a Korean Sweet & Spicy Sauce and it’s delicious on basically everything.

Travis and I discovered it a few years ago after he found an INCREDIBLE recipe for Gochujang Chicken Wings in GQ. After making those wings, we’ve always had a bottle of the stuff in our fridge. We love this one, and you can buy it either online or at Whole Foods.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang Recipe

This recipe is adapted from one I pulled out of an old issue of Bon Appetit. I loved the idea of putting an Asian spin on butternut squash. When fall hits, we see recipes for butternut squash everywhere: mashed with brown sugar, creamy bisque, you name it! While I love those dishes, I was ready for something new.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang Recipe

If you love Asian flavors, this recipe for you. And yes, I know what you’re thinking. It IS worth the trek to the store just to buy a bottle of gochujang. I honestly can’t offer any comparable substitutes here – it’s an essential ingredient in this recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang Recipe

For the record, peeling and dicing¬†butternut squash is¬†not my favorite task. Every time, I nearly lose a finger. Sure, I know the proper technique, but tiny hands + big squash + sharp knife = I’m not really set up for¬†success. So if you’re not up to peeling and cutting your own, feel free to buy a squash¬†pre-cubed at the grocery store. It saves you tons of time…and possibly a finger!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang Recipe

I hope you love this Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang as much as we did! I know¬†I’ll be making it on repeat this fall and winter.

 

Butternut Squash with Sesame and Gochujang
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1.5 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1.5 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon gochujang
  • 1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced scallions
  • Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Peel and seed butternut squash. Cut into ½ inch cubes.
  3. In a small bowl combine the sesame seeds, vegetable oil, gochujang, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  4. In a large bowl toss the oil mixture with the butternut squash. Spread the squash on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Roast for 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip the squash. Rotate the baking sheet and roast again for an additional 15 minutes until brown and tender.
  6. Toss the roasted butternut squash with sliced scallions and a pinch of sea salt. Serve warm.
 

Gluten-Free Seafood

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

I’ve tried countless salmon recipes and this one is without a doubt my favorite. You may have seen my sneak-peak post on Instagram last week, and I am excited to share the recipe for this Asian-Glazed Salmon with you today!

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

I always have the ingredients for this recipe in my fridge, which is another reason why I love this dish so much. From start to finish, this Asian-Glazed Salmon¬†takes no more than 30 minutes — a weeknight win in my book!

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

We always pair this salmon with a side of broccoli or green beans. I think it would also be delicious with black rice or sauteed spinach.

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe

 

 

Asian-Glazed Salmon Recipe
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ⅛ cup +2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • ⅛ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • ½ Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the soy sauce, brown sugar, hoisin sauce, ginger, red pepper flakes, and garlic in a medium small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 10 minutes, or until the sauce forms a glaze. Stir the mixture regularly to ensure that it doesn't burn. Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on a broiler pan or a wire baking rack (on top of a baking sheet), coated with cooking spray. Baste the salmon with some of the glaze and let it sit for 15 minutes. Brush a bit more glaze on each salmon fillet and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
  4. Place in the oven to bake for 6-8 minutes. Then, turn the oven to the BROIL setting and broil the salmon on the top rack until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with more glaze (if desired). Allow to cool for 2 minutes and serve.
 

Snacks

Honey Sesame Almonds

People often ask me about the name “Little Chef Big Appetite.” ¬†How little are you really? And if you’re so little, how much do you really eat?

Well guys, it isn’t just a cutesy blog name. I am 5 feet tall (not an inch more or less), and I am quite “small-boned,” I guess you could say. I can totally still shop in the kids section, but in order to look like a proper 23-year-old I try to avoid this at all costs. (Except when it comes to things like Hunter rain boots and adorable Crew Cuts ballet flats — these things are adorable AND half the price in mini-size).

Travis Winkler and Rachel Pattison

My appetite, on the other hand, does not match my stature. I am constantly hungry. Travis likes to tell me there is a fat kid stuck inside of me, and well, he isn’t too far off from the truth.

Rachel Pattison

I just get so stinkin’ hungry all the time. To prevent this (and the inevitable crankiness that could ensue otherwise) I eat about 5-6 small meals and snacks a day. That standard 3 meals a day just does not cut it for this girl.

I am constantly on the lookout for healthy snacks I can add into my rotation, especially ones I can easily bring to work.

Honey Sesame Almonds

Currently, my snacks consist of fruit with nut butters, Greek yogurt, nuts, and homemade granola bars/protein bars.

Honey Sesame Almonds

I grow tired eating the same things all the time, so I like to change it up whenever I can.

I get a lot of inspiration for homemade snacks from the Trader Joe’s packaged nuts and trail mixes. Have you been down that incredible aisle with trail mixes galore? Oh man, that stuff is yuuuuuummy.

Honey Sesame Almonds

I especially love their Honey Sesame Almonds — so addicting.

So, I set out to recreate them at home, but this time make them a bit healthier.

Honey Sesame Almonds

For this recipe, I wanted to use a heck of a lot less sugar and no butter or oil.

I based these almonds off of my Spiced Roasted Almonds (have you tried those yet? That recipe is a real winner).

This time I just kept it really simple. This recipe calls for FOUR ingredients. FOUR – you got that!?

Honey Sesame Almonds

A homemade nut mix you can make yourself in a matter of 15 minutes. It doesn’t get easier than this, guys.

Let’s snack healthy, deliciously, and often. We’ll all be happier that way.

Honey Sesame Almonds Recipe

 

Honey Sesame Almonds
 
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Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw almonds (not salted)
  • ⅛ cup raw honey
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ cup sesame seeds (more or less to taste)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the almonds on the baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the oven for 10 minutes, until the almonds begin to smell toasty. Remove right away because they can burn quickly at this point.
  2. While the almonds are roasting in the oven heat a small saucepan over low heat and add the honey, brown sugar and salt. Stir constantly for about 1 minute. The mixture should become thinner. Pour the honey mixture over the almonds while the almonds are still on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use a spoon to stir the almonds around so they are coated on all sides with the honey.
  3. You can coat with the sesame seeds in one of two ways. Either pour the seeds over the almonds directly on the baking sheet and stir the almonds around to coat. Or, put the sesame seeds in a bowl and in small batches pour the almonds in the bowl and toss around to coat.
  4. When the almonds are coated with the seeds, return them to the oven to roast for another 7 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the almonds to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.

Appetizer Main Meal Poultry Turkey

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce

Sunday night’s dinner came together very quickly, which was exactly what I was hoping for.

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce

I promised myself this weekend would be all about relaxing, catching up on the one million errands I had to do, and just straight up chilling.

It ended up being all about the one million errands I had to do.

Where the hell did the time go?

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce

So by 5PM on Sunday night, all I wanted was food, food, and FOOD.

I was getting seriously hangry (definition: a state of severe hunger that leads to anger). AKA: Avoid me at all costs.

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce

Travis and I were going to make a big batch of our beloved Turkey Meatballs, but I was even too impatient to let those simmer. So instead, we took an old Asian Turkey Burger recipe and adapted it to make little meatballs.

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce

And a little dipping sauce to go along with them.

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce

This dish would be a great appetizer to serve at a dinner party as your guests sip on a cold beer or glass of wine.

For me, it was perfectly satisfying for dinner – especially considering it all came together in under 30 minutes.

 

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce
 
Ingredients
Asian Turkey Meatballs
  • 1 lb. white ground turkey
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (I used Ian's Whole Wheat Panko)
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional for more spice)
Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh scallion
  • ½ teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Spray a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Form the meatballs into 12 balls and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 14-15 minutes on the middle rack of the oven. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately remove the meatballs from the baking sheet onto a different plate or platter to prevent them from overcooking
  3. Serve hot with the dipping sauce (recipe below)
  4. To make the dipping sauce, in a small bowl whisk together the soy sauce through the water. Sprinkle with the scallions and the sesame seeds.
Notes
*Dipping Sauce adapted from Skinny Taste